Fellows, 2013-2014

at the NYU Center for the Humanities

Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi

Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi

Doctoral Student Fellow; Doctoral Student, Department of History, Graduate School of Arts & Science

Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History. With a strong interest in West African urban history and colonial cartography, her research pairs historical and visual narratives in order to reconstruct the past, in place. She earned her B.Sc. at Northeastern and her M.A. at NYU.  Her dissertation explores the local spatial practices of the women and men living, trading, working and proselytizing on the western coast of Africa in the Bight of Benin. In particular, she analyzes how they imagined, manipulated and represented the spaces they lived in, how they built their homes and cities, and even how they destroyed them, in tense competitions for political and economic power in Lagos between 1845 and 1870.

Ademide is the recipient of the Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in History for 2013-14, and joins the Humanities Initiative as an honorary fellow.

Dwaipayan Banerjee

Dwaipayan Banerjee

Doctoral Student Fellow; Doctoral Student, Department of Anthropology, Graduate School of Arts & Science

Dwaipayan Banerjee is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Anthropology at NYU. His research interests include the anthropology of health and science, the anthropology of South Asia, and the relationship between ethnographic and philosophical concepts. His doctoral research concerns the shaping of the concepts of life, pain and care in the contexts of biomedicine and postcolonial law in India.

Prior to his doctoral work at NYU, he graduated with an M.A. and an M.Phil in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. His research has been funded by a Wenner Gren Foundation Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Fellowship, a Social Science Research Council and Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship (DPDF), a NYU Media and Culture Fellowship and a NYU McCracken Fellowship. His writings have been published in Contemporary South Asia, Social Research and Biosocieties, among other journals. Dwaipayan also studies and produces documentary and ethnographic films.

J.M. DeLeon

J.M. DeLeon

Doctoral Student Fellow; Doctoral Student, Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts

J. M. DeLeon is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Performance Studies. Previous education includes an MA in Performance Studies at NYU (2009), and a BA in theatre directing and critical theory, with a minor in queer studies, at UCLA (2004). Research interests include feminist and queer theory; identity politics and separatist movements; aesthetics and spectatorship; collaboration, rehearsal and amateur performance. In addition to the Humanities Initiative fellowship, DeLeon has received NYU’s Corrigan Fellowship, the Performance Studies MA Departmental Fellowship, and the Paulette Goddard Award. DeLeon is former managing editor of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory (2010-11).

DeLeon’s dissertation project is titled “Let Me Listen To Me”: The Politics and Aesthetics of Self-Indulgence. The accusation of “self-indulgence” functions as a subtle disciplining of artists who demonstrate an improper investment in the value of the non-normative self—in particular: queer, feminist and/or artists of color. This dissertation moves to transvalue these degraded selves by examining self-indulgence in performance, and arguing for the radical potential of self-indulgence, both personal and aesthetic, as a strategy for flourishing beyond the bare subsistence of normative survival.

Jennifer Heuson

Jennifer Heuson

Doctoral Student Fellow; Doctoral Student, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Jen Heuson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. Her research interests include sound and sensory ethnography, heritage studies, American West tourism, critical phenomenology, and experimental filmmaking. Her award-winning films have screened internationally, and she has published works in SensateContemporary Music Review, and Experimental Film and Anthropology (Berg 2014). Jen’s dissertation examines the production of frontier aurality at heritage sites and events in South Dakota’s Black Hills. Her dissertation research has been funded by The Wenner-Gren Foundation, NYU’s Council for Media and Culture, and a LeBoff Research Grant. She holds an MA in Film and Television Studies and an MA in Philosophy and Cultural Analysis, both from the University of Amsterdam, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Northern Colorado.

Dania Hückmann

Dania Hückmann

Doctoral Student Fellow; Doctoral Student, Department of German, Graduate School of Arts & Science

Dania Hückmann is a doctoral candidate in the German Department. She received a B.A. in Comparative Literature and European Studies from New York University and a M.A. in Comparative Literature from the Freie University in Berlin. Her research interests include discourses of law in literature and film, narratology, and representations of trauma and violence, from German Classicism to the post World War II period. Her dissertation examines revenge as a subjective mode of justice that threatens established secular and sacred authorities in German Realist literature. She has published on metaphor in Jean Améry’s essays and fiction, Heinrich von Kleist and revenge, Thomas Bernhard’s Extinction, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, and co-authored an article on 9/11 and the NYU community for the journal Traumatology.

Dania joins the Humanities Initiative as an honorary fellow. She is the recipient of the 2013-14 GSAS Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship.

Thomas Looser

Thomas Looser

Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts & Science

Tom Looser is Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at NYU. His areas of research include cultural anthropology and Japanese studies; art, architecture and urban form; new media studies and animation; and critical theory. A senior editor for the journal Mechademia, he is the author of Visioning Eternity: Aesthetics, Politics, and History in the Early Modern Noh Theater, and has published articles in a variety of venues including Japan Forum, Mechademia, Shingenjitsu, Journal of Pacific Asia, and Cultural Anthropology.

Eduardo Matos-Martín

Eduardo Matos-Martín

Faculty Fellow; Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, Department of Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts & Science

Eduardo Matos-Martín is Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Comparative Literature. His research and teaching interests mainly focus on contemporary Spanish peninsular literatures and cinema, and address a wide range of topics in political theory, biopolitics, history and the culture of memory. His current book manuscript, España y sus excluidos. Representaciones de vida desnuda en la ficción española contemporánea, examines cultural representations of the “excluded others” as “bare life” in contemporary novels, short stories and films, tracing it back from the Spanish Civil War to present-day Spain. He has forthcoming articles in Revista de Alces XXI. Journal of Contemporary Spanish Literature & Film and Anales de la literatura española contemporánea. He is additionally co-editing a book entitled Fuera de la ley: el cine y la cultura quinqui de los años ochenta with Luis Martín-Cabrera, Roberto Robles and Joaquín Florido-Berrocal, in which he also authored a chapter on the urban outcast and cinema.

Ara Merjian

Ara Merjian

Faculty Fellow; Assistant Professor, Department of Italian Studies, Faculty of Arts &

Ara H. Merjian is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies and an affiliate of the Institute of Fine Arts and the Department of Art History. He is the author of Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City (Yale University Press, 2014), and teaches the Italian and French avant-gardes, the modernist legacies of Nietzschean philosophy, European film theory, and the cultural politics of fascism and anti-fascism. He is currently at work on two new manuscripts: Heretical Aesthetics: Pier Paolo Pasolini against the Avant-garde examines Pasolini’s fraught position between Neorealism and the Neo-Avant-garde in postwar Italy.s considers the wide-ranging and often inimical echoes of de Chirico’s painting in European art and architecture in the early and mid-twentieth century. Among some of Prof. Merjian’s published essays are articles on Le Corbusier and Metaphysical painting for Grey Room; Giacomo Balla’s design practice for the Oxford Art Journal; Jean Cocteau’s belle-lettrist criticism for the Getty Research Journal; Luca Buvoli’s “post-utopian” video practice in Word & Image; and Gabriel Alomar’s fin-de-siècle poetics in Modernism/Modernity. Before joining the faculty at NYU, he taught at Stanford and Harvard Universities, and is a contributing critic to Artforum and frieze.

Susan Murray

Susan Murray

Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Susan Murray is Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication with research and teaching interests in the areas of visual culture, screen studies, media theory and social and industrial histories of American media. She is the author of Hitch Your Antenna to the Stars: Early Television and Broadcast Stardom (Routledge, 2005) and a co-editor, with Laurie Ouellette, of two editions of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture (NYU Press, 2004; 2009). She is currently working on history of color television from the late 1920s through the 1960s—a book project under contract with Duke University Press—and has been awarded an ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year.

Melissa Rachleff Burtt

Melissa Rachleff Burtt

Faculty Fellow; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Melissa Rachleff Burtt joined the Visual Art Administration Program in Steinhardt’s Department of Art and Art Professions as a clinical associate professor in 2008. Previously, Rachleff Burtt spent 8 years as a program officer at the New York State Council on the Arts. Rachleff Burtt held a variety of arts-related positions, including associate curator at Exit Art (1989-1995); head of adult and community programs at the Brooklyn Museum (1995-1997). She has written on the subject of photography, art, and art management for a variety of publications. Rachleff Burtt received her B.S. degree in Art and Design from Drexel University, and is an alumna of the NYU/ICP MA Program at Art and Art Professions program. Rachleff Burtt is currently working on an exhibition and book project titled Inventing Downtown: Artist Run Galleries in New York City, 1950-1965. The exhibition will open at the Grey Art Gallery (NYU) during the 2015/2016 academic year. Her essay, “Do It Yourself:A History of Alternatives” was published in Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960-2010, by MIT Press in 2012.

Andrew Romig

Andrew Romig

Faculty Fellow; Assistant Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Andrew Romig is an assistant professor of medieval studies at the Gallatin School for Individualized Study. His research focuses particularly on the cultural history of continental Europe during the Carolingian late-eighth, ninth, and early-tenth centuries, though he has taught and written on such wide-ranging subjects as the history of emotion, the history of masculinity, medieval Latin and vernacular comparative literature, and the visual arts. Professor Romig is currently finishing a book manuscript, tentatively entitled Carolingian Hybridities: The Changing Face of Secular Masculinity, 8th-10th c., and is also working on the translation of a Latin treatise on images and visual art, the Opus Caroli Regis (8th c.), for the University of Toronto Press.

Cara Shousterman

Cara Shousterman

Public Humanities Fellow; Doctoral Student, Department of Linguistics, Graduate School of Arts & Science

Cara Shousterman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics. She began her linguistic studies with a BA from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Her research interests are centered around variation and change in American English, and the ways in which language interacts with ethnicity. Her dissertation “Speaking English in Spanish Harlem: Language Change in Puerto Rican English” is a sociolinguistic study of New York-born Puerto Ricans affiliated with a neighborhood community center in East Harlem, New York. This study explores how community change is reflected in language, both in terms of discursive content as well as the structure of the language itself. Her work has appeared in English Today and the Journal of English Linguistics. Cara’s dissertation research has been supported by the GSAS Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship and the National Science Foundation.

Delia Solomons

Delia Solomons

Doctoral Student Fellow; Doctoral Student, Institute of Fine Arts

Project: Constructing the Idea of Latin American Art: Discourse and Discord in the U.S. in the 1960s

Delia Solomons is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts specializing in 20th-century art of the Americas and Europe. She earned her BA in Art History and Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Art History from New York University. Her dissertation examines the reception and exhibition of Latin American art in the United States from 1959–1966, the years directly following the Cuban Revolution. She has worked as an Adjunct Professor at NYU, Writer/Researcher/Editor at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Curatorial Assistant at the Grey Art Gallery. Her writings have been published in In the Distance (MIT, 2011), Notation: Contemporary Art as Idea and Process (Washington University in St. Louis, 2012), Encuentros con los ’30 (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2012), and Journal of Curatorial Studies (forthcoming).

Zeb Tortorici

Zeb Tortorici

Faculty Fellow; Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Faculty of Arts & Science

Zeb Tortorici is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures. His book manuscript looks at the intersections of archives, sexuality, desire, and colonialism, in colonial Latin America between the sixteenth century and early nineteenth. He has published articles in Ethnohistory, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, History Compass, e-misférica, and in the edited volumes Death and Dying in Colonial Spanish America and Queer Youth Cultures. With Martha Few, he recently co-edited Centering Animals in Latin American History, and he is currently co-editing two special issues of Radical History Review on the topic of “queering archives.” He is also co-editing Ethnopornography: Sexuality, Colonialism, and Anthropological Knowing with Pete Sigal, Erika Robb Larkins, and the late Neil L. Whitehead.